Looking north towards Edinburgh Castle, Firth of Forth and Fife, from Blackford Hill
© Copyright: Peter Stubbs - firstname.lastname@example.org Photograph taken 26 November 2004
Looking towards Edinburgh Castle
Blackford Hill is one of Edinburgh's seven hills. It is the home of the Royal Observatory and Visitor Center. It lies about two miles to the south of the centre of Edinburgh. It is 538ft high with views in all directions.
This view looks to the north across the suburbs of Marchmont and Grange towards:
- Edinburgh Castle - perched high on Castle Hill.
- Tolbooth St John's Church - (now 'The Hub) with its high spire, in the Royal Mile.
- Ramsay Garden - the white building mid-way between castle and church.
In the background are the Firth of Forth (about five miles wide at this point) and the hills of Fife.
A direction board at the top of Blackford hill identifies landmarks that can be seen, including the following hills and mountains (on a clear day):
TO THE NORTH: Bishop Hill, East Lomond, West
TO THE EAST: Bass Rock,
North Berwick Law, Traprain Law
TO THE SOUTH-EAST: Moorfoot Hills, Blackhope
TO THE NORTH-WEST: Ben Ledi, Ben Venue, Ben